Scotland has more than 1000 reservoirs. Most reservoirs
hold large volumes of water, are above ground level and used for a
variety of purposes. Although the chance of an uncontrolled
release of water from a reservoir is very small, the continued safe
operation and management of reservoirs to reduce flood risk is
The Flood Risk
Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (FRM Act) creates a framework to
make Scotland more resilient to flooding and to better plan and
co-ordinate our actions to manage flood risk. SEPA has a
strategic role in managing flood risk in Scotland and is working
closely with local authorities and Scottish Water to implement the
Flood Risk Management Act.
A key aspect of the FRM Act is the transfer of
responsibility for reservoir safety from local authorities to SEPA.
This ensures a more streamlined approach to flood risk